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Jesus said we are to ask and we will receive, knock and the door shall be opened for you, seek and you will find..... all these are an outline of how we are to approach our God and our Father through the lord Jesus requesting those things that we have need of according to His will. God knows the end result as to what is best for us and we need to understand that when we don't get what we ask for, or a door isn't opened or what we are seeking isn't immediately forthcoming, it is because God know what is best for us and the best time for us to receive them. That being said, if we ask Him for forgiveness, or to help us increase in faith or to have more of His spirit to overcome our natural inclinations and to do combat with the influences of this world, those are always given immediately if ask for in faith. Our God and Father truly deals with us as His little children and is always looking out for our best interest, leading us to the coming new age life in His coming Kingdom where we will co-inherit and co-rule with His beloved son Jesus. From personal experience my God and Father has always given me what I have need of spiritually, physically, and emotionally. All that I have has come from His loving hand. The peace of mind I have knowing that He has my back and no harm can come to me unless He allows is a great blessing. As our physical fathers strove to keep us safe and secure and lead us to go the right way; our God and Father does so much more for us. What amazing grace to know that our God and Father has given to us His beloved son to guide us along the narrow path that leads to life in the coming new age and acts as our High Priest and our advocate before the throne of his God and ours, his Father and our. If God is for us, who can stand against us!
John 16:23–28 contains a promise made by Jesus for us to believe. The central theme of this paragraph is prayer: “Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). It is important to note that the text uses two different words for “ask,” although they can be used interchangeably. The word used in John 16:19, 23a --19 “Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, ‘Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything’” means “to ask a question” or “to ask a request.” It is used when someone makes a request of someone equal. The word translated “ask” in John 16:23b, 24, and 26b (“pray”) means “to request something of a superior.” 23… Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.26 … I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. This latter word was never used by Jesus in His prayer life because He is equal to the Father. We come as inferiors to God, asking for His blessing, but He came as the very Son of God, equal with the Father. Wiersbe-commentary-new-testament.pdf Jesus was NOT promising a “carte blanche” or a blank check for praying for anything we want or wish for. Remember that Jesus’ half-brother, James, said in his book, James 4:3, “you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions.” That means if we ask with wrong motives, we won’t get our prayers answered. Dr. Ron Rhodes deals with this question in his book, What Did Jesus Mean? Making Sense of the Difficult Sayings of Jesus, pp. 171-172.
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